The phrase premium Crop Over band gets thrown around a lot this time of year. Many bands promise a signature experience that you won’t get with their competitors. However, it usually means the prices for costumes will be very “premium” in nature, but that’s about it. This year, Eunoia has set out to change that. With a theme for 2018 entitled Kairos: Seize the Moment, Eunoia [intends] to set the standard for what constitutes a premium experience when it comes to this Crop Over season.
For starters, the showcase was at the Frank Collymore Hall, the site known to be Barbados’ premier Performing Arts Centre and Cultural Complex. [It’s] an excellent place to host important events, but not at all what first comes to mind when talking about a Crop Over band launch.
The stage was set for the evening; the bar was opened for patrons to enjoy the various cocktails on offer, all leading towards what was anticipated to be an evening unlike any other with respect to costume displays. The kiddies were first to take to the stage, showing off their Disney inspired garments. For me, personally, the lighting during this section was inadequate to fully show off how nice the costumes looked, but from what was seen, their Kiddies Kadooment entry this year will be a colourful one. Up next were the J’ouvert costumes, which were simple in design but still looked well made for the Foreday morning experience. But not so fast because these costumes are in fact not for the typical Foreday morning jump-up. Instead, Eunoia intends to host its own J’ouvert jump-up day at a later date to be announced.
Then came the meat of the evening’s delight, the Kadooment costumes. So, how were they? The short answer is to say they were great, fitting for the premium description given at the start. The longer answer, however, involves describing how their pieces were displayed. Seven sections make up Eunoia’s contribution to the jump down to Spring Garden this year, and they are as follows:
Every single section listed above had its own unique intro with dancers choreographing the distinct flavor of each section. Words cannot describe how strange, but at the same time, how fun and fully interesting the experience was.
The female design for the section ZOI (Lifetime) was certainly an interesting sight to behold; with its black and yellow wings spouted high into the air, one cannot possibly say this outfit will be hard to see on the road [on] Crop Over morning. IMISY (Halftime) is the lead section for the band, and its individual female costume has it all – colour, style, and that big WOW factor. KALOKAIRI’s (Summertime) use of blue, gold, and red colours easily pulled off that relaxed, chilled summer time feel we all know and love while ONEIRO (Dreamtime) had a gentle elegant feel to it.
Eunoia set out this year to add its own special sauce of class to Crop Over’s rich pot of bands, and I must say, it “Sweet fuh days.”